There it was again in my Facebook feed: someone’s post of an adorable birthday boy with a sweet smile and a sprinkled cupcake, ready for the eating.
And beneath it, along with the likes and loves? A sad, crying Facebook “reaction” face.
Which breaks my heart.
Tears and sadness because this little boy is turning a year older? Because he’s “growing up?”
This is all over Facebook and the mom blogging world these days. Last times posts and “I’m so sad my baby is getting older” pieces…and crying-face emojis in reaction to a happy birthday picture.
And I get it. I really do.
I know birthdays and milestones remind us what has been and might be no more. I know they bring to the forefront time that’s gone by and is now gone. I know they hit us with what we loved in the past and might miss in the future.
But we have children to raise them. We bring them into our families to teach them and nourish them and nurture them and protect them for the future we want for them.